Kevin Tsujihara denies that his past extramarital relationship with actress Charlotte Kirk, which led to his ouster as the CEO of Warner Bros. in March 2019, was anything but consensual, following a report on Thursday that Kirk had accused him of engaging “in non-consensual intercourse.”
“Any claims made against Kevin Tsujihara related to Ms. Kirk are legally and factually baseless, manufactured many years after their brief consensual relationship to unjustly seek the payment of money,” Bert H. Deixler, Tsujihara’s personal attorney, told TheWrap. “The relationship was pursued by Ms. Kirk and at all times understood by Kevin to be entirely consensual. While Kevin continues to regret the relationship and the impact it had on his family, he will pursue all legal remedies available to protect himself from extortionate claims and prevent false accusations against him.”
In a story published Thursday by The Hollywood Reporter, citing sealed legal documents, Kirk said on Sept. 26, 2013, she met Tsujihara and mogul James Packer at the Hotel Bel-Air. Kirk said that she initially refused to have sex with Tsujihara but was pressured by Packer to do so. THR reported that Kirk said in legal documents, “Fearing for her personal safety, being blacklisted and the destruction of her career before it ever began, she complied with Mr. [Packer’s] demands and engaged in non-consensual intercourse with Mr. [Tsujihara] under duress.”
According to THR, Kirk is currently suing her former lawyers and is battling with Marty Singer (who represents Packer, Brett Ratner and Avi Lerner) over an injunction which keeps her from pursuing legal action against any of the parties involved.
Singer did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment but told THR, “My clients are the victims of a multi-million-dollar civil extortion plot perpetrated by Charlotte Kirk, her former boyfriend Joshua Newton and her latest paramour Neil Marshall. This so-called legal filing is simply the latest element of their ‘honey trap’ scheme to extort my clients with ever-evolving, outlandish false allegations of misconduct unless they are paid millions of dollars. This June, my clients commenced an arbitration proceeding against Newton, Kirk and their accomplices for civil extortion and related claims. In July, after reviewing the evidence, an arbitrator granted a preliminary injunction against them. That Injunction expressly prohibits them from filing any lawsuit against my clients in violation of agreements that they entered into.”
A rep for Kirk told TheWrap, “Right now, we should be focused on finding justice for Breonna Taylor and the others that have lost their lives to police brutality. Charlotte’s personal issues are nothing compared to the real world problems we are dealing with inside our country, day to day. Let’s all team up, vote, and push for equality on all levels of life. Increased humanity should be our new goal.”
In March 2019, Kevin Tsujihara stepped down as chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment amid an ongoing investigation into his past relationship with Kirk, an aspiring actress who was later cast in two Warner Bros. movies. Tsujihara worked at the studio for two decades and served as chairman for six years.